Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has claimed that he ‘couldn’t see anything’ whilst playing in the sun at Anfield.
Writing in his column for chelseafc.com, Cech recalled his days facing Liverpool at their famous old stadium.
“If you played at Anfield at midday, you would rather start where The Kop is,” wrote Cech. “Because the sun would become so low in your eyes [that] you couldn’t see anything.”
Liverpool notoriously love to play towards The Kop in the second-half of home matches. It’s interesting to hear that this may have unwittingly had a destabilising affect on opponents in certain games, too.
The Kop’s hidden advantage
Cech’s admission is a sign of just one more advantage that Liverpool enjoy whilst playing at Anfield.
The Kop can be a ferocious crowd for opposition players to score against as it is. Liverpool’s goalkeeper’s must feel ten feet tall whilst playing in-front of the stand.
But if the sun is blaring into the other team’s eyes too, it will make their task even more difficult.
Thankfully, the historic stand isn’t going to change anytime soon. Liverpool’s redevelopment of the Anfield Road end is well underway but it seems that as of now, there aren’t any future plans for further re-building.
Anfield redevelopment continues
The development to Anfield is hugely positive news for Liverpool. It should help them in their quest to cement themselves at the top of the European game.
The stand will reportedly increase the stadium’s capacity to around 61,000. If this number were reached, it would make Liverpool’s ground the third biggest in the Premier League.
Old Trafford’s capacity of over 75,000 is still far and away the biggest in the country. But The Reds should be more-or-less on a par with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for bums on seats.
The stand is slated to be open for the beginning of the 2023/24 season. Before last week, that was a season that many Liverpool fans would have been dreading – it was set to be Jurgen Klopp’s final campaign on Merseyside.
Of course that has all changed now. Liverpool fans can look forward to the future growth of club safe in the knowledge Jurgen will be the one to see it through.